Po­lice ap­peal for more youth vol­un­teers

The Oban Times - - News -

AS­PIR­ING po­lice of­fi­cers and peace-keep­ers are be­ing in­vited to join an in­no­va­tive pro­gramme from Po­lice Scot­land.

Po­lice Scot­land Youth Vol­un­teers (PSYV) are be­ing re­cruited in Oban by PC Claire Brown to be part of a grow­ing group of young peo­ple who get to­gether to pro­mote the work of the force. PC Brown told The Oban

Times, said: ‘PSYV are groups of up to 24 young peo­ple who are sup­ported by adult vol­un­teers and led by a po­lice con­sta­ble.

‘For in­stance, we might be help­ing out at Oban Live or one of the many High­land games across the area, along­side of­fi­cers at other commu- nity and na­tional events across Scot­land.

‘There is also an op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with na­tional cam­paigns and re­ceive train­ing from ex­pert of­fi­cers on is­sues such as drugs and knife crime.

‘The aim is to strengthen the re­la­tion­ship with the po­lice and young peo­ple, break­ing down bar­ri­ers and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive role mod­els.

‘PSYV pro­motes a prac­ti­cal way for young peo­ple to un­der­stand polic­ing by sup­port­ing the po­lice in their lo­cal area through vol­un­teer­ing.

‘As part of this, young peo­ple are given a chance for their voice to be heard and en­cour­aged to pro­mote good cit­i­zen­ship.

‘The pro­gramme is open to all young peo­ple aged 13 to 17, and this al­lows those peo­ple to get an in­sight into polic­ing in Scot­land and in­spire in­di­vid­u­als to par­tic­i­pate pos­i­tively within their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘As the co- or­di­na­tor, I will be sup­ported by a group of adult vol­un­teers who come from all walks of life.

‘At the mo­ment, the plan is to meet once a week in the high school.

‘There is no set day at yet as it will de­pend on what suits the ma­jor­ity of the PSYV vol­un­teers. ‘Any­one who would like to join should con­tact me di­rectly.’

PC Brown can be con­tacted at claire.brown2@scot­land.pnn.po­lice.uk or via 101 ask­ing for Claire Brown, PC L443.

Claire Brown.

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